Some aspects of advance care planning do have legal requirements including a living will and designating a Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney. Rebecca Geller from The Geller Law Firm provides a brief overview of these documents and how/when they are helpful to the for adults and their families.

A living will is a document that allows a person to put into writing very broad wishes for how they would like things to be handled if a major healthcare concern arose and you were unable to personally communicate your wishes. It is recommended that have your first living will at the age of 18, and to update these documents every 5 to 10 years in young adulthood and every 5 years after the age of 65.

A Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney is also recommended for anyone 18 years or older, in order to designate the person whom you would want to be your representative – if you were unable to participate in healthcare decisions.

 

Show originally aired August 28, 2017

 

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